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Tokyo 'unwavering' on Olympics but fans not guaranteed: CEO

Apo - Olympics organisers are "unwavering" on holding the coronavirus-delayed Games this year but can't rule out staging it without spectators, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto told AFP.

Japan plans mass virus jabs ahead of Olympics from May: reports

Apo - Japan aims to start vaccinating the general public against the coronavirus in May -- just two months before the postponed Olympics -- after targeted jabs for the most vulnerable, reports said Wednesday.

Pandemic reveals hidden poverty in wealthy Japan

Apo - Yuichiro welled up as he collected a food parcel at a Tokyo outreach event offering help to the growing number of Japanese pushed into poverty by the coronavirus pandemic."There is no work.

Tokyo to cut back on athletes at Olympics opening ceremony

Apo - Tokyo Olympics organisers said Monday they will slash the number of athletes at the opening and closing ceremonies of this year's coronavirus-delayed Games, as a report said thousands fewer will attend.

Major firms urge Japan to bolster 2030 renewables goal

Apo - Major firms including Sony, Panasonic and Nissan on Monday urged the Japanese government to make its 2030 renewable energy target twice as ambitious.

Hiroshima plans Japan's first mass virus tests

Apo - Japan's Hiroshima prefecture is to conduct the country's first mass coronavirus tests as it battles a surge of infections, an official said Friday.

'Anything can happen' with Tokyo Olympics: Japan minister

Apo - A Japanese cabinet minister admitted Friday that "anything can happen" with the coronavirus-postponed Tokyo Olympics, becoming the first senior official to concede uncertainty about the Games as Japan and other countries battle a surge in cases.

Nissan whistleblower testifies at Ghosn aide trial

Apo - A whistleblower at Nissan told a Tokyo court on Thursday he had been instructed to find ways of boosting the retirement benefits of the fugitive former chairman Carlos Ghosn.

Virus again delays Japan 'Super Mario' theme park opening

Apo - The opening of the first ever "Super Mario" theme park has been delayed again as Japan battles a surge in coronavirus cases, Universal Studios Japan said Thursday.

Japan expands virus emergency, tightens border restrictions

Apo - Japan expanded a coronavirus state of emergency on Wednesday to seven more regions -- including Osaka and Kyoto -- and also tightened border restrictions as infections surge nationwide.

US envoy to South Korea to leave post next week

Seoul - US ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris will leave his post next week, he said Wednesday, after nearly two years which have seen him at the centre of controversy on several occasions.

Tokyo Olympics organisers say cancellation report 'fake news'

Apo - Tokyo Olympics organisers played down a poll showing plunging support for the Games on Tuesday and said a report claiming cancellation could be discussed next month was "fake news".

Japan celebrates coming-of-age day despite virus surge

Apo - Young adults dressed to the nines in kimonos gathered at venues in Japan on Monday to celebrate reaching the age of majority, although many of the usually jubilant events were cancelled over virus fears.

Support for Olympics hits new low in Japan: poll

Apo - Support for holding the coronavirus-postponed Tokyo Olympics this summer has hit a new low in Japan, a poll found Sunday as the country battles a third wave of infections.

Fraught history haunts Japan virus vaccine roll-out

Apo - A history of vaccine controversies in Japan may cast a long shadow over the coronavirus jab roll-out, experts warn, even as the country battles a severe third wave of infections.

South Korean court orders Japan to compensate former sex slaves

Seoul - A South Korean court on Friday ordered the Japanese government to pay compensation to 12 World War II sex slaves or their families, in an unprecedented ruling that prompted an immediate denunciation by Tokyo.

Japan declares virus state of emergency in Tokyo region

Apo - Japan's government declared a month-long coronavirus state of emergency in the greater Tokyo area on Thursday as the capital reported another record surge in daily infections.

Pandemic overshadows Japan's New Year tuna auction

Apo - Tokyo's annual New Year tuna auction ended Tuesday without the usual jaw-dropping bidding war, with the country's "Tuna King" holding back on gunning for the top fish, citing the pandemic woes affecting the restaurant industry.

Tokyo stocks close down on first trading day of year

Apo - Tokyo stocks closed down on Monday, the first trading day of the year, after a volatile session with investors nervous as the government weighs declaring a virus state of emergency.

Japan PM says weighing coronavirus emergency for Tokyo area

Apo - Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Monday he was considering declaring a state of emergency in the greater Tokyo area over a "very severe" third wave of coronavirus infections.

Tokyo tops 1,300 daily virus cases; warns of possible new emergency

Apo - Tokyo reported over 1,300 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, a daily record, as officials warned that a state of emergency might be needed to tackle spiking cases.

Ghosn case haunts Japan a year after shock escape

Apo - A year after Japan learned with horror that Carlos Ghosn had jumped bail to become the world's most famous fugitive, the fiasco and its repercussions continue to haunt the country.

Japan unveils green growth plan for 2050 carbon neutral goal

Apo - Japan on Friday unveiled plans to boost renewable energy, phase out gasoline-powered cars and reduce battery costs as part of a bid to reach an ambitious 2050 carbon-neutral goal.

Japan ex-PM Abe faces lawmakers on scandal but avoids prosecution

Apo - Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe apologised to lawmakers on Friday over a scandal involving payments for supporters, a day after prosecutors said they would not indict him in the case.

Japan delays women leadership target after falling short

Apo - Japan is "extremely behind" in promoting gender equality its government said Friday, as it delayed an almost two decades-old target to have at least 30 percent of leadership positions occupied by women by the end of 2020.

Fukushima nuclear debris removal delayed by virus

Fukushima - The removal of nuclear debris from Japan's crippled Fukushima power plant will be delayed by about a year, because the pandemic has set back development of specialised equipment, the plant's operator said Thursday.

Japan's top court offers retrial hope for 'longest' death row inmate

Apo - Japan's highest court has overturned a ruling blocking the retrial of a man described as the world's longest-serving death row inmate, raising new hope for the 84-year-old, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Japan's 'Twitter killer' drops death sentence appeal

Apo - A Japanese man dubbed the "Twitter killer" has withdrawn an appeal of his guilty verdict and death sentence over the murder of nine people, a court official said Wednesday.

Japan cabinet approves record budget, higher defence spending

Apo - Japan's cabinet on Monday approved a record budget proposal for the next fiscal year from April, including stimulus for the pandemic-hit economy and another hike in defence spending to counter China.The budget proposal totals 106.6 trillion yen ($1.

Cyberpunk 2077 pulled from PlayStation Store after bug backlash

Apo - Sony said Friday it is pulling the much-hyped Cyberpunk 2077 from PlayStation stores around the world after a flood of complaints and ridicule over bugs, compatibility issues and even health risks.
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